BMW 6 Series: Bodywork and safety – State-of-the-art functionality and complete protection







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: June 29, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW 6 Series

Outstanding comfort when on the road and excellent functionality: A third seat in the rear, through-loading facility, folding rear seatback.

  • Intelligent lightweight construction thanks to the targeted use of high-strength and ultra-high-tensile steels, aluminium and plastics.
  • Adaptive LED Headlights and LED fog lights optional.

BMW Safety

The back seat of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe accommodates two passengers at an extraordinary level of comfort. For short journeys, a third seat is also available. The back of the vehicle provides passengers with a generous amount of headroom, legroom and space to relax your shoulders in addition to a substantial luggage compartment which can be reconfigured and extended as required. Moreover, the bodywork of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe exhibits a particularly high degree of rigidity at an optimum weight.

Elegant, slim B-column trim in the footwell and a door aperture which extends well back towards the rear, allow the passengers sitting in the back of the vehicle to board and alight comfortably and easily. The luggage compartment provides a storage capacity of 460 litres and can accommodate up to three 46-inch golf bags. By folding down the rear seatback, which is split in a ratio of 40:60, the capacity of the luggage compartment can be increased to a total of 1,265 litres. Both parts of the seatback can be unlocked and folded down by means of two levers, which are located inside the luggage compartment. In addition, long pieces of luggage, such as the optional BMW ski bag, can be carried by loading them through an opening in the seatback.

An intelligent mix of materials.

The four doors, which are fitted with frameless side windows, are made of aluminium, as is the bonnet. A high proportion of this lightweight metal is also used in the manufacture of the axles and the engines. The front spring supports are made of die-cast aluminium, the front side walls are made of synthetic materials and the boot lid of composite glass fibre. The use of high-strength, multi-phase steels and hot-formed ultra-high-tensile steels endows the passenger safety cell with a maximum degree of stability at an optimised weight.

Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, side airbags integrated into the seatbacks, head airbags for both the front and rear passengers, three-point automatic seatbelts fitted to all seats, active head restraints, belt force limiters, belt tensioners for the front, and ISOFIX child seat mountings in the rear, concealed under a zipper in the leather upholstery. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is equipped with a country-specific active bonnet, which ensures optimum passive protection for pedestrians.

Optimum visibility: Bi-Xenon headlights fitted as standard, Adaptive LED Headlights and LED fog lights optional.

The standard Bi-Xenon headlights fitted to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe ensure excellent illumination of the road ahead. The LED units with their characteristic light rings produce a strikingly bright white light and can be operated at two levels of intensity, either as positioning lights or as daytime running lights. Adaptive Headlights are available as an option.

Adaptive LED Headlights, available optionally, provide an illuminated path that follows the curves of the road ahead. The degree to which the headlights turn depends upon the angle of the steering wheel, the yaw rate and the speed of the vehicle. The Cornering Light capability is also integrated into the headlight units. When turning a corner, an additional beam of light is switched on, to illuminate the roadway in the chosen direction. The High-Beam Assistant, which supports the driver in the optimum use of a maximum level of illumination, is also a part of the Adaptive LED Headlights. When Adaptive LED Headlights are fitted to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the turn indicators are also implemented in LED technology.

Furthermore, fog lights are available as an option, each consisting of three adjacent LED units. LED-powered banks of light shape the characteristic night design of the rear lights. The indicator lights and the brake lights are also powered by LED units.